Appalachia Overheard




“Well there’s no reason to cry over spilt milk.” “What? I thought it was spilt milkshake I wasn’t supposed to cry over.”


Overheard: snippets of conversation I overhear in Southern Appalachia

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    March 6, 2014 at 7:21 am

    And now I want a milkshake. Haven’t had one in years, but I sure am craving one now! 😉

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    Ed Ammons
    March 5, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Nobody would have known about the spilt milk anyway if somebody hadn’t first spilt the beans.

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    March 5, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Along with SPILLED milk: I read a small book many years ago titled, “Whenever Two Or Three Are Gathered Together, Someone Always Spills The Milk.” The main theme of the book was, “Don’t sweat the small stuff”.

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    Brenda Kay Ledford
    March 5, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    I’ve heard this expression all my life, Tipper. I reckon it’s a mountain term to describe our messing up. Anyway, I’m glad you brought to my memory this expression. I’ve not heard it in a long time.

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    jose Luis
    March 5, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Tipper Hello I hope you all have good health without too cold up there!
    Indeed this is a very common expression in Argentina also, “Do not mourn over spilled milk” obviously never scold a child because overturned cup with her milk, we must know that is growing and its implementing arms and movements change soon.
    As for its significance as a reflection or self saying is that should not lament something bad happened and unfortunately no longer has a solution.
    The supplement would “take the deck of cards, shuffle and deal again.”
    With warm regards from down here, (as Paul said in a performance reading my message, remember Tipper?), With much affection, from Argentina, José Luis,

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    Ken Roper
    March 5, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    It’s amazing how spillin’ something can
    stay with you over the years.
    When I was in the first grade, we had
    just got our lunch and about to be
    seated. Well, my orange got knocked off
    the plate and I asked the girl across
    from me to get my orange under her seat.
    About that time a teacher grabbed my
    ears from behind, partly raising me
    up and she was saying “children, fill
    your mouths with food, No Talking!”
    I never liked her after that! Thank
    goodness I wasn’t in Mrs. Roughty’s

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    March 5, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    I used to spill my milk on purpose as a child because I simply could not drink it and then I’d cry over the spilt milk. It took my mum some time to realise that I was allergic to milk. I don’t mind dairy products at all, but even the smell of milk or milkshake makes me want to throw up!

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    Ann Applegarth
    March 5, 2014 at 11:41 am

    We learned it: “It’s no use cryin’ over spilt milk.”
    But that expression was — and is — used for ANY
    unwelcome happening that is past and that you can
    do nothing to change. One example: I type the bulletin for my church, and sometimes I make mistakes that appear on Sunday. When someone points it out, I think, “I’ll be more careful next time, but it’s no use cryin’ over spilt milk.”

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    March 5, 2014 at 10:18 am

    hmmm – has the original saying lost it’s “oompf” since so many people nowadays drink lowfat or nofat milk? – – or is the new phrase because so many kids get their milk through milkshakes, smoothies, and ice cream. . . .?
    Spills around our house were always the responsibility of the spiller from a very young age – even a two year old can mop up a spill – depending on the cause of the spill they may not get a refill and because of that they become much more careful. I thought this was pretty common sense but I was amazed at the number of time when holding birthday parties or when at church activities, I handed the terrified spiller a rag and told them to clean it up, that they would smile and take care of the task; then when their parent returned, sometimes hours lately, this event would be the first thing the child excitedly and happily related to their parent emphasizing “she didn’t get mad and I took care of it all by myself”!!

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    March 5, 2014 at 9:45 am

    I came across this ‘Spilt Milk’ story that others may enjoy, too.

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    b. Ruth
    March 5, 2014 at 9:44 am

    A long, long time ago in before married land. When I was eating lunch, I saw a (assumed Mother) scold terribly a small child for spilling her milk! First the child would have been better off with a carton and a straw, but that is beside the point. The child was already sad and crying over the
    “spilt milk” which, I thought was punishment enough. It was an accident, for heaven’s sake!
    I looked into those sad, teary eyes as the mother ran off to gather more napkins, and told her it would be alright! She managed a OK look. I swore then that I would never scold a child of mine for spilling milk, in a restaurant, home or otherwise!
    Thanks Tipper,
    PS…I almost cried over a root-beer float that got turned up side down when the cup caved in…not because I spilt my rootbeer float, because of the ice cream mess on the car seat abd floor! That can be a sour mess if you don’t get it all up!

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    March 5, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Think Big Bird! We all make mistakes, some people make more than others. Some are more clumbsy than others, so I like to tell people when I am at my worst that Grace isn’t my middle name.

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    Miss Cindy
    March 5, 2014 at 7:24 am

    I love it! I’d cry over a spilt milkshake before I’d cry over spilt milk!

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    Sheryl Paul
    March 5, 2014 at 7:15 am

    LOL, I would cry over that too!

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